Mark your calendar for this years Stern Grove Festival of admission-free concerts every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. from June 25 through August 27 at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. The 80th Season Line-Up showcases an eclectic roster of popular performers from the Bay Area and beyond.
This Summer’s 10-week Concert Series
- June 25, Celebrate Good Times! KOOL & THE GANG and Quinn DeVeaux
- July 2, Roots, Rhythm & Blues, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers and Fantastic Negrito
- July 9, A Summer Tradition, San Francisco Symphony, Edwin Outwater, Conductor
- July 16, Rock and Roll Rebels, ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS and The Stone Foxes
- July 23, Cumbia in the Grove, LOS ÁNGELES AZULES Featuring Jay De La Cueva & Ximena Sariñana Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco
- July 30, San Francisco Ballet with the Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director
- August 6, Afro-Pop Dance Party, AMADOU & MARIAM and Ibibio Sound Machine
- August 13, Cross-Cultural Funk, WAR and Malo
- August 20, Global Electronica, BRAZILIAN GIRLS and Moon Hooch
- August 27, Sunday Soul Jam, MAVIS STAPLES and Kev Choice Ensemble
6 Things To Know Before You Go
1. Arrive early! Parking can be a challenge. Take public transportation if that is possible. Free bike valet. Get there early and you should be able to find a spot nearby. Seating is first come, first served.
2. Pack your picnic and bring a blanket big enough to fit your company. I do not recommend bringing chairs - if you do make sure they have a low back. They're cumbersome, block the people behind you, and you may not end up in an area that is flat.
3. Dress in layers. Weather change quickly in San Francisco. And leave the pumps at home - Stern Grove is a lovely grassy field and you may need to sit on the hill.
4. Pack a picnic (beer and wine are allowed.) Don't forget sunscreen and water. Food vendors are available but last year the options were limited, lines were long, it was on the pricy side, and cash only.
5. Sorry, not pets.
6. Donate! Buckets will be sent around at this FREE concert.
Got Kids! Here are ideas to occupy the kids until the concert starts.
- There are plenty of Geocaches in Stern Grove.
- UrbiaKids Book #4 is a fun treasure hunt that lets you explore the valley where Stern Grove and Pine Lake are nestled.
- From 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. before every Sunday concert (excluding The Big Picnic on June 14), kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects exploring "The Art of Nature" at KidStage in the West Meadow. Each week at KidStage, teaching artists will lead a workshop on making art with nature, an instrument exploration station, and a dance workshop. See website for details.
- Join in informative pre-concert Artist Talks with featured Festival artists at the Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12pm.
Stern Grove Educational Programs
Stern Grove Festival’s admission-free education and outreach programs provide enriching opportunities for thousands of Bay Area children and adults each year. Participants not only enhance their understanding of different art forms and cultures, but create a personal connection to the arts. Parents can participate too! Stern Grove Festival’s education and outreach programs include:
- Kids Day is a free series of fun and interactive arts education programs for children ages 4-13. The workshops are held from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
- Kids Camp is a three-day arts education workshop series for kids in grades 3 to 8. Each Kids Camp will explore Stern Grove through visual art, music, and movement, resulting in the creation of original works by participants.
The Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit arts presenting organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse, outstanding performing arts. Every year since 1938, the organization presents admission-free, outdoor concerts at Stern Grove Festival. A San Francisco tradition, music and nature lovers gather at The Festival to enjoy music, picnicking, and relaxation in a serene meadow surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees.